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1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

  • 96 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • 93 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49587-1982-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    At a charity dinner in Charleston, SC, the 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou from my cellar was the only corked bottle out of twenty-two. A subsequent tasting revealed one of the all-time great Ducrus, probably matched or eclipsed by several recent vintages (i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008). The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003. With respect to the 1990, I do not own any of this wine, but it was the last of a series of vintages between 1986 and 1990 that were affected by the TCA-like contamination in the estateƒA?A?s chai, which was completely destroyed and then rebuilt, eliminating the source of these smells. Not every bottle is affected by this, but I do not have any source for this vintage. Release price: ($140.00/case)
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    ($150-$250) Full ruby-red. Slightly musty aromas of currant and cigar box. Fat and full, but with an intrusive dry edge suppressing the wine fruit and verve and repeating on the finish. I've had a couple of better bottles of this wine, but it apparent that the cellar pollution problems that plagued this chateau between 1985 and the early '90s were already an issue as early as '82. (A second sample showed a more perfumed nose of cherry, cedar and earth but also a distinctly dusty character. This sample showed a bit more mid-palate sweetness, but here, too, the fruit was somewhat dried by the wine dusty character, and the finish was likewise dry-edged; I scored this sample 89.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Still quite firm, relatively youthful crimson. Still quite youthful on the nose too - even slightly raw! Not gracious or easy. Rather crude and too much like hard work to taste without food. Not the sweet richness of 1982 - very chewy still as though it will never quite soften and charm the drinker - although I'm sure that served in isolation with food it would be transformed.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This Ducru '82 has always been a beauty. Dark ruby in color, with a slight amber edge. Very fresh and floral, with loads of berry and rose character. Medium-bodied, with a good balance of soft tannins and a caressing finish.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • | Rating: 93

    This is a wine that I had forgotten about. It shows beautiful sweet tobacco, flowers, and currants on the nose. It's full body, silky with fine tannins. It's ready and pretty. Served from imperial bottle.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gm
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Matt
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Aroma of blueberries and black currants and this wine drinks marvellous and classic with a long delectible finish. Medium body, dark ruby color this wine reveals some fruit with a lovely spice flavor but should be drunk within five years. This Ducru is stong on the pleasure meter for its taste and finish.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Butler wan
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    Author: 1SK
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Needs 3 hours to come into its own. Richer than the Barton. Fully mature but will probably last a long time. Truly elegant.
    Drink Dates: 2008+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This wine has been drinking well for a number of years and is still improving.
    Author: Billy the Kid
Located in the appellation of Saint-Julien, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named for the beautiful large stones and pebbles that cover the vineyard. These stones create ideal grape-growing conditions, as they aid in drainage, reflect sun onto the vines, and keep the ground from drying out. These conditions create the "typical" Saint-Julien wine - elegant and smooth, with a long finish. The outstanding structure of these wines gives them great aging potential as well.

The Borie family has owned the estate for the past 60 years, and still lives in the chateau. The chateau itself is unusual for Bordeaux because the house was built directly over the cellar, which means the family lives literally surrounded by their wines. The estate's second wine is called La Croix de Beaucaillou.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2162 bottles owned
  • 380 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 380 collectors)